Bare Life short film, HD, color, stereo, 16'28'', 2021
Bare Life depicts a loosely structured, contested concept of freedom tied to various cases and agents: killing and being killed, machines recognizing pain, and the complex ecosystem of empathy that occurs in response.
The film investigates three cases in parallel (the order of cases is not sequential). Case 1 shows archival footage of a pest controller specializing in eliminating wild rats with an air gun. Case 2 introduces an interlocutor whose face is covered, sharing personal stories about her idea of freedom and being “inside and outside.” Case 3 describes an experiment from Animal Welfare Laboratory. The project uses deep learning (artificial intelligence) systems to analyze facial expression data of laboratory mice, before and after anesthesia/surgery, suggesting a tool for recognizing the suffering and pain of mice.
Camera Yva Hyojoo Yang
Performance Zihern Lee
Voice(anonym) Seolmi Yoon
Voice(lecture) Marcus Cleaver
Editing Hana Yoo
Color grading Kyoung Yoon Choi
Music composition Zihern Lee
Sound Design Christian Obermaier
Translation IChung Park
Funded by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul Metropolitan Government Society for informatics(GI), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Supported by Air Rifle Pest Control, UK
Research inspired by Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science